Dates are a fruit that are centuries of years old and have earned special mention in many of the holy books of modern religions, and for good reason. Grown on the date palm trees, these fruits are nutritional powerhouses and are quite popular in the Middle Eastern region. There are many different varieties of dates and most of them are commonly eaten when dried but they can also be eaten fresh and with just as many health benefits.
Dates are a tremendous source of dietary fiber, which we all know is incredibly important for a healthy, regular digestive system. A 100grams of this sweet fruit provides 7grams of fiber at 330 calories. Perfect for a little snacking or when you are craving something sweet and because of its creamy texture, helps to keep you feeling full for a longer time.
Dates are sometimes known to have a laxative effect on the body and therefore, are a great remedy for constipation, no one likes feeling clogged up.
Vitamins and Minerals
Dates contain a wide variety of essential vitamins and minerals. These are important for the daily functions of the body. Some of these are: Potassium, Magnesium, Manganese, Copper, Iron and Vitamins A, B-6 and K.
Dates are high in the essential mineral, Magnesium. This mineral is known for its incredible anti-inflammatory properties. It is also known to reduce inflammation within the arterial walls, which results in a healthier cardiovascular system and can reduce the risks of a stroke and/or heart attack.
Reduces Blood Pressure
Since dates are high in Magnesium and Potassium, dates are a great fruit for people with high blood pressure as both these minerals are known to protect the heart and lower blood pressure.
Can Prevent Anemia
Due to their high Iron content, dates can be beneficial to those suffering from the symptoms of Anemia. A lack of Iron in the blood is one of the main causes of Anemia and taking in enough of the mineral can drastically improve energy and strength levels, fight fatigue and improve the levels of oxygen within the blood.
Now of course, none of us that lead a healthy and active lifestyle ever touch alcohol. Right? Still, since dates contain a host of beneficial minerals and vitamins, they can ease the symptoms of a hangover. The B vitamins help to provide energy and the magnesium and potassium help to rehydrate the body.